situated on the banks of the River Tay,
Dunkeld Cathedral is a haven of peace. It was founded
in the 12th century on the site of an ancient church.
The refurbished choir is now used as the parish
church, but the 15th century nave and north-west
tower are in the care of the Secretary of State for
Scotland. The nave, restored in 1406, shows a Dutch
influence, particularly the heavy cylindrical columns.
In 1689 Covenanting troops were trapped in the
cathedral grounds, pinned down by Jacobites who
were elated by their victory at Killiecrankie. The
Covenanters rushed out with burning faggots attached
to their halberds and set fire to thatched houses which
sheltered Jacobite snipers. The National Trust for
Scotland owns 20 houses near the cathedral, dating
back to the rebuilding of the town after the battle.
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